LeBlanc rolling; Ayala keeps Missions humming

Wade LeBlanc notches another quality start. Manny Ayala allows a run – one – in another win. Corey Kluber struggles, as the Storm can't mount a comeback. Matt Teague did not make it out of the first inning, as the Wizards take a loss. Tyson Bagley picks up his first win and Bobby Verbick reaches base five times. Erick Ojeda has impressed early in the DSL.

Portland (42-38) qon 7-2 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Wade LeBlanc improved to 7-6, allowing a pair of runs on five hits while striking out four in six innings. He tossed 81 pitches on the evening, giving up a solo homer – the 14th homer he has allowed this season. He went 1-for-2 at the dish, his fourth hit of the year, with a sacrifice. LeBlanc has given up two runs or less in each of his last three starts and six of the last seven.

Wil Ledezma picked up the save with three innings of scoreless ball, walking a pair and striking out four. Since allowing three runs in his first Triple-A stint, the left-hander has worked four appearances without allowing a run. Over that span he has given up just a single hit. The southpaw has amassed a 3.55 ERA across 13 relief appearances spanning Triple-A and the majors as a reliever but has a 6.57 ERA as a starter.

Brett Dowdy reached base four times via a pair of singles and two walks, scoring once and driving in one from the two-hole in the lineup. The infielder has a five-game hitting streak, going 8-for-19 with three walks, raising his average from .188 to .231 in Portland. Dowdy has scored a run in five of his last seven games.

San Antonio (7-2) won 10-1 over NW Arkansas (Royals)

Manny Ayala lost the shutout bid in the first inning on a solo homer but it was the only run he and two relievers allowed. The right-hander worked six innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six to improve to 3-1. Ayala has won each of his last three starts and has given up one run on eight hits across his last 11 innings of work.

Kyle Blanks had a double and a two-run homer, his seventh, across four at-bats, scoring twice and drawing a walk. The first baseman extended his hitting streak to eight games. He is 13-for-33 over the streak with six extra base hits across his last four games. He has driven in a run in five of his last six games.

Chad Huffman had three hits in four trips, notching his first triple of the year, driving in one and scoring three times. The outfielder has three multi-hit games across his last five, scoring a run in four of the last five. Huffman has, however, struck out in nine straight games – his longest stretch of the year. Five of his last seven hits have gone for extra bases.

Lake Elsinore (3-6) lost 14-9 to Stockton (A's)

Corey Kluber was on the hook for six runs on nine hits and two walks across three innings. It was the sixth time this year he has given up five runs or more and the two homers he allowed set a season-high. The opposition went 4-for-4 in stealing bases off Kluber. His catchers have thrown out five of the 27 base runners attempting to steal against him this year – the second most attempts against any California League pitcher.

Jeremy Hunt went yard for the seventh time on the year as part of a three-hit night, falling a triple shy of the cycle. The first baseman has a four-game hitting streak but had gone seven games without a run scored. Hunt has three multi-hit games across his last six with the only two three-hit games he has amassed coming over that time span.

Kellen Kulbacki homered for the third time in the last two days, going 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs. The outfielder has driven in six runs across the last two contests and has an RBI in seven of his last nine, plating 12 over that span. Kulbacki also has five multi-hit games across his last seven and is hitting .329 over his last 22 contests.

Fort Wayne (3-7) lost 11-4 to Dayton (Reds)

Matt Teague did not make it out of the opening frame on Saturday. The left-hander was tagged for six runs, five earned, on four hits and three walks while tossing a wild pitch. Teague has given up six runs or more in three of his 13 starts while allowing two runs or less in nine. He has, however, gone five or more innings just seven times all year, as he has been moved between starting and relief. He has a 5.43 ERA as a starter.

Newcomer Anthony Contreras went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in his system debut. He was, however, caught stealing and committed his first error, leading to an unearned run. Contreras came into the season with a .259 career average in the San Francisco Giants system. Reaching High-A, the infielder hit .227 last season with 16 doubles, one triple, one homer and 56 RBIs across 111 games for San Jose.

Brandon Gomes worked one inning of scoreless ball, striking out a pair. He has tossed four successive scoreless appearances after giving up runs in the previous four outings. Gomes has given up runs in 12 of his 24 appearances on the year, including two starts. Saturday marked the fourth time all year he has retired each of the batters he has faced.

Eugene (6-6) won 7-1 over Vancouver (A's)

Bobby Verbick reached base successfully each time he came to the dish, collecting four hits and drawing a walk. As the designated hitter, Verbick also scored a run and drove in one. He was, however, picked off base twice. The outfielder has reached base successfully in each of his eight games, reaching base 2.5 times per contest. Verbick has collected an RBI in six of his eight starts.

Emmanuel Quiles went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Saturday. He did, however, fan twice. The backstop came into the game having struck out just once in his first six games. Quiles has two multi-hit games on the year and has an RBI in successive games after not having any in his first five. While no runner tested his arm on Saturday, he has thrown out five of the 10 base runners attempting to steal on him this year.

Tyson Bagley worked two scoreless innings to pick up his first win as a professional. The right-hander walked one and struck out three on the evening. Bagley has given up just one earned run across nine innings to begin the season, striking out 15. Bagley had not walked a batter since his first appearance and has allowed 11 base runners on the season.

AZL Padres (3-2) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (14-11) lost 10-1 to DSL Tigers

Erick Ojeda allowed two inherited runners to score while posting 1.2 scoreless innings on his ledger. The right-hander walked two and allowed a single while also uncorking two wild pitches – keeping his ERA at 0.00 for the season. The Columbia native has tossed scoreless ball across his first 6.2 innings, giving up just three hits.

Juan Chavez surrendered five runs on six hits while striking out four in 3.1 innings. Five of the hits went for extra bases and one left the yard. Ten of the 19 hits overall have now gone for extra bases and the right-hander has given up five homers in six appearances. He had tossed shutout ball over five innings his last time out.

Pedro Martinez did not make it out of the first inning, as four unearned runs touched the plate across two-thirds of an inning. The left-hander struck out two but gave up a hit and three walks while also tossing four wild pitches. Martinez has uncorked 10 wild pitches on the year, including one in five of his six outings. The southpaw has also walked at least three in four straight outings, none lasting more than four innings.

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